Suspect faces charges
of threatening terrorism
A Carbon man is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after he threatened to shoot police and blow up the car he was driving.
Tracy Don Ambrose, 36, was charged Friday in Seventh District Court with two felony counts including making a false alarm - weapon of mass destruction related and threat of terrorism. Both second degree felonies. Ambrose was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
The incident that led to Ambrose's charges began on July 5, when the suspect borrowed a friend's car and wrecked it. According to Carbon County Attorney Gene Strate, Ambrose had dumped the vehicle into a steep ditch at 1265 North Carbonville Road at approximately 5 p.m.
When two men approached the accident to see if they could be of assistance, the trouble started.
"He was immediately hostile," said Strate. "Telling the men that if police came he would shoot them, he would shoot them if he got into trouble."
When Carbon sheriff's deputies arrived, Ambrose's threats continued and escalated into promises to blow up the car he was sitting in.
"Sitting in the driver's seat, Ambrose pointed his finger at police and threatened them as if it were a gun," continued Strate. "He acted like he was going to detonate a bomb, while holding an object in his hand. The object turned out to be a cigarette."
Carbon County Sheriff's deputies were forced to take the suspect's threats seriously as they could see a pair of red wires running into the car's glove box.
Carbon County SWAT members led by Detective Mike Hreinson investigated the wires and found that the car's owner had rigged the fuse box to allow for working brake lights.
"He was actually counting down the detonation," said Strate.
Ambrose's first court appearance will take place on July 31. He will be arraigned via video court from the Carbon County Jail.